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ERIC Number: ED056050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 107
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Children's Comprehension of Standard and Black English Sentences.
Frentz, Thomas Stanley
Recent research has found that user performance varied as a function of dialect in a sentence production-type task. The present tense, singular-plural grammatical distinction marked by inflection was the distinction considered in the present study. A group of 30 white and 30 black, third-grade children were presented an array of 32 sentence-picture combinations. The sentences varied between standard and black English and between singular and plural, while the pictures varied between singular and plural. The Ss saw a picture projected on a screen and then heard a sentence through earphones. A S's task was to press either a "means same" or a "means different" button depending upon whether the sentence and picture had similar or different grammatical markings. Results included: (1) No significant race by dialect interaction was found; (2) Combined S performance with black English sentences did not differ significantly from such performance with standard English sentences; (3) White children performed significantly better than black children in terms of the correctness of response measure only in singular sentence conditions; (4) Plural sentence/plural picture combinations required shorter response latencies than any other sentence-picture combinations. (Author/CK)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin